Historical information

Lorgnette were a pair of spectacles with a handle, used to hold them in place, rather than fitting over the ears or nose. The name derives from the French lorgner, meaning to take a sidelong look. The lens were often just magnifiers although they later evolved to include prescription lenses. They became widely used in the 19th century and were popular in the Victorian Era.


This item is from Raper Collection donated to the Wodonga Historical Society by Mrs. Jean Raper.

Physical description

A lorgnette or pair of hand-held brass-rimmed spectacles.